Novelis Reviews

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  1. 8 people found this helpful

    Novelis is a sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nothing good to say about the place anymore, it used to be great

    Cons

    Lies lies lies, management cares nothing for the people that actually make this place work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying. Poor management. HR is ajoke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    Sad to see what Novelis has become

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novelis (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still have good manufacturing assets and some good people.

    Cons

    The culture of this company has become toxic. Many talented people are leaving and they seem oblivious to the fact that they have a problem. Many senior managers are incompetent and treat people terribly. HR is a joke. Cutting retiree benefits so many people that have put in 30-40 years now have to deal with health premiums 3-4 times higher than what they had. After many years of dedicated service I was treated terribly. Absolutely 0 loyalty anymore. Customers see this change for the worse and wonder what is going on. But it only gets worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of bringing in everyone from the outside that have "the proper background"' but know absolutely nothing about the business, start utilizing the people already there who are being stifled in their attempts to get promoted. HR have no regard for the employees, they just tow the company line. Root out some of the upper managers that think they are the smartest people in any room, but alienate and demotivated their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    Don't do it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novelis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Free soda and snacks in the break rooms.

    Cons

    Novelis is worried about their turnover rate so they give you a high salary with a bad title to essentially "trap" you and keep you locked in place from ever leaving the company and getting a better job elsewhere. If you didn't go to a tier 1 university forget about ever getting promoted unless you're good friends with middle and upper management. Also, get use to 2-3% raises every year. You will also spend half your day in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having so many pointless meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Not impressed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between management. Unethical raise system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people. To much high and mighty attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    No central communication

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novelis full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    snacks on tuesdays and thursdays

    Cons

    leadership is all over the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    centralize and bring your workers together

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    The individual manufacturing plants are the core business, let them share their knowledge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novelis

    Pros

    Good pay, good work/life balance & telecommute when needed

    Cons

    Upper management refuses to listen to the individuals that know the business. The "C" level management team manages towards a timeline without considering the financial, production and most importantly morale impacts.
    The attrition rate is consistently above 50% which means large projects continue to falter creating a slippery slope for the above mentioned issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The P&L, production volume and attrition rate speak for themselves.
    New facilities will not solve your issues; only attempt to mask the real source of the problems.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Harassment and hostile work environment overlooked and condoned

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    Current Employee - Mill Operator in Fairmont, WV
    Current Employee - Mill Operator in Fairmont, WV

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only thing going for this company is a decent wage for our area. Benefits are being chiseled away with every passing contract.

    Cons

    Harassment and hostile work environment is not only present but condoned. Management and HR allow such behavior to keep employees in check. This is not only a practice of local management but of corporate also. The code of conduct that Novelis has is nothing more than a pretty wrapper.I myself have delt with a hostile work environment for 10 years with the perpetrators being basically given a pat on the back.FMLA is frowned upon even when your wife is fighting breast cancer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying and do the right thing. We are humane beings with lives anf families.Loyalty and respect go both ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Novelis Response

    Jun 23, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this feedback. Novelis is committed to a workplace free from harassment or hostility. Providing a safe work environment for our employees is extremely important to us. That’s ... More

  9. 7 people found this helpful

    A case study in Corporate Greed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creating an environment rich in opportunity to conduct a Harvard case study in how to destroy employee trust, loyalty and eventually productivity.
    Financial results illustrate how to drive results through eliminating retiree benefits, with the impact serving as a direct reward to Senior Leadership in the form of amended Long Term incentive bonuses.

    Cons

    Centralized management structure destroying cultural value.
    Leadership team unable and unwilling to bring balance to dictatorial management process driven by Mr. Martens.
    Lack of integrity characterized by misleading and incorrect statements made regarding the elimination of retiree health care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and take meaningful action in response to the message driven home by the Oswego employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Not what they once were.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Operations in Oswego, NY

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, overall. Amazingly still have some solid performers.

    Cons

    Despite a tremendous market that is developing this company will find a way to underperform.
    Have financed large parts of their expansions by slashing benefit packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point. You don't listen and have no integrity.

    Your publicly filed financial statements are scary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Not Entitled Retiree

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Oswego, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Oswego, NY

    I worked at Novelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    co-workers and local supervisors and community

    Cons

    Watching the company heading in a downward spiral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Health insurance for retirees and employees is not an "entitlement" it is a benefit for giving the company a service of work and getting the best employees. Management needs to identify the solutions for employee discontent. Create an advisory board of employees and management to discuss issues that are beneficial for both parties. Management has created a hostile work environment where the division is us against them and neither party will win. There is much room for improvement to once again become a really great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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